Fun, Friendship And Record Fundraising At 7th Annual Winterboob
with Martha Chapman

The Globus Family of Brands’
Stéphanie Bishop and Patrice Geske with
(centre) Suzanne Christie of
Open Jaw.

Tickled pink: Nina Slawek, WinterBoob cheerleader

Coat Check Girls: Merit’s Brenda Kyllo & Leslie Lorette from Avis/Budget

According to the media, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games started on Friday February 12. 

For an elite and energetic group from the Canadian travel industry, it started with Open Jaw’s very own Winterboob on Thursday February 11 at Hockley Valley just north of Toronto. After all, we were togged out, psyched up, and in the mood for competition!

The seventh annual Winterboob didn’t disappoint at all as mother nature served up a day of bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine (and enough snow to make the Olympic officials in B.C. a bit envious).

Breast of all, the fundraising broke last year’s record donation. Nina Slawek of Open Jaw has proudly reported over $45,000 was raised.

As always, the day comprised a little good-natured competition on the slopes along with indoor athletics (rubber boob tossing and bra-auctioneering, to name but a pair) and spa-ing for those of us who cut straight to the après-ski.

Alio’s Michele Rauzon from Montreal (a 5th time ‘Boober) summed up the day: “I block WinterBoob as a priority. This to me is the best day – the atmosphere is completely relaxing.  It’s a ton of networking combined with the energy and enthusiasm for a good cause.â€

Without exception, participants commented on the fun and fellowship – yes, and networking – but also the fact that breast cancer has touched so many of us.

Industry gents were not M.I.A. this year – they not only showed up to support a “female†cause but who gamely (and in some cases, with unexpected enthusiasm) strutted around the room in fairly flamboyant foundation garments.

Merit Travel’s Brenda Kyllo added, “I’m so impressed at the number of men who support the cause of breast cancer! Loved WinterBoob – I’ll be back next year.â€

The only missing link? Ivanna Gabbalot herself, pressing the flesh (as it were) with her many fans.  Rumour had it that she had “accidentally†twisted her ankle and had to be seen off the slopes by a studly team of ski patrollers.  Next year, Ivanna?

Special thanks to TravelCorp’s Doug Patterson, auctioneer par excellence, and WinterBoob’s torch bearer,’s Christine James, herself a breast cancer survivor. And Winterboob super-supporter, Dianne Jackson of Mondial Assistance, who summed up the event perfectly: “The absolute best part of today? It’s our friendship.â€

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